Sweet and Sticky Grilled Drumsticks

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

From Martha Stewarts Everyday Foods


  1. Bring wine, sugar, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Reduce heat, and simmer until mixture has thickened to the consistency of honey, 35 to 40 minutes.
  3. Let cool.
  4. Using a sharp knife, make three diagonal slashes through the skin and flesh on both sides of each drumstick (this will help the flavors permeate the meat).
  5. Preheat grill to medium-low. (If you are using a charcoal grill, coals are ready when you can hold your hand 5 inches above grill for just 7 seconds.)
  6. Place drumsticks on grill, and brush with sauce.
  7. Close cover, and grill 4 minutes.
  8. Flip chicken, and brush with sauce.
  9. Continue to cook, flipping and brushing with sauce every 4 to 5 minutes, until cooked through, about 20 minutes total.
  10. Season with salt.
Most Helpful

Great recipe! I was short on time, so to speed things up, I cooked the chicken with the sauce when the sauce had thickened. I then finished it up in the grill flipping it once and it came out perfect!
I also didn't have red wine, so I used chicken stock instead.
Will make this again for sure:)

Dani Bani February 08, 2011

Delicious and so easy. I didnt have red wine on hand so I used beer and baked it at 400 for 45 minutes after the sauce became sticky...so good. Thanks for posting the recipe.

YungB January 29, 2011

Loved this recipe! I made as posted using a combo of thighs and drumsticks. The flavor is awesome. Thanks for posting a keeper! Made for PAC Fall 2008

Lvs2Cook October 15, 2008

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